As you guys know, I keep a file of interesting or weird articles and I return to them later to follow-up or just reminisce. This one is about PressTV and it is meant to be just a bit funny.
Many years ago, when AlJazeera had just started up and was being called the "Middle Eastern CNN" I remember bitterly complaining to a former Iranian official that despite the long-standing nuclear dispute and the complaints about how "Zionists dominate the international media," no government agency or organization had bothered to create a single website that explained Iran's side of the argument. Sure the AEOI had a website and so did the Foreign Ministry etc etc and perhaps there was a slogan-filled article or two on those sites on the issue but there was no single, comprehensive site that simply explained Iran's side of the issue and which was regularly updated to respond to the prevelant allegations daily stream of BS (there still is no such site, by the way. Every 12-year old in the world has their own website but not Iran on this very hot issue.)
I also remember complaining about why the "CNN of the Middle East" was not in Tehran.Well, I didn't know it but something was already in the works at least on the second point. A couple of years later, PressTV emerged.
Now, I have been interviewed on PressTV and they were just as professional about it as CBC, BBC, Sky etc were (no, I don't do interviews anymore so please don't call.) I recognise the fact that PressTV staff are working in very difficult conditions and circumstances, and that living in Iran as a whole cannot be easy right now (was it ever?) and I also recognize that as a (relatively) brand new station, they have some learning to do and they have some really significant competition that sets rather high (and expensive) standards.
But guys, come on now. Did you really, honestly not see the problem with this headline? I still giggle when I read it. The WHOLE POINT of Iran in this dispute is that Parchin is NOT a nuclear site...and yet what do you call it?